UWM PSOA Department of Theatre
Laptops in the Classroom - Requirements and Recommendations
Coordinator: Christopher Guse, Associate Professor

Several courses within the Theatre department require the use of laptop computers and specific software in the classroom. These courses are focused on instruction in and practical use of computers and software common to the targeted profession.

Please contact Associate Professor Christopher Guse, the Theatre Department’s laptops in the classroom coordinator with any questions.

 

Hardware recommendations
The PSOA strongly recommends MacOS based Apple laptop computers. Their ease of use, stability, longevity, sturdy construction and long standing use and support in arts communities make them a clear choice.

The recommended laptop computer current for summer 2010 is any of the two 13" or three 15" stock Unibody MacBook Pro models. The introductory level white plastic MacBook is also a good choice, but it not recommended as the longevity of that investment is in question. The 17" MacBook Pro is an excellent choice, but is not recommeded due to size and price. The MacBook Air is not recommended. As you make your choice, bear in mind that the higher the specifications of a given computer the more longevity you will enjoy from your investment. Feel free to contact Christopher Guse if you wish further information regarding the practical difference between the available Apple models. Apple laptops featuring academic discounts are available at the UWM Bookstore/TechStore, the Apple Store for Education online or any brick and mortar Apple retail store.

While MacOS based Apple computers are strongly recommended, all required software taught within the Theatre department is cross platform between MacOS and Windows XP (Vista/7 support unknown). However, computer failure, even in the form of unsupported drivers or the effects of malware/spyware/virus is not recognized as a valid reason for being unable to participate in class or complete assigned classwork.

 

Courses requiring the use of computers and specific software
219 - Computer Aided Design and Drafting for the Theatre
Software: Nemetschek Vectorworks version 2009 or later (free to students from Nemetschek)
Instructor: R.H. Graham
The entire content of this course is focused on the instruction of design and drafting techniques through the use of the required software.

314 - Scenic Production
Software: Nemetschek Vectorworks version 2009 or later (free to students from Nemetschek), Apple iWork 2009 or later or Microsoft Office (2004 or later for MacOS or 2007 or later for Windows)
Instructor: Christopher Guse
The course includes extensive use of and instruction in CAD techniques as they relate to scenic construction, component design and technical direction.

337 - Sound Production
Software - Ableton Live version 8.0 or later, Apple iTunes
Instructor: Christopher Guse
Modern audio recording and editing technology is based almost solely in the use of personal computers and software. In this course, students receive instruction in digital audio capture and manipulation and complete a series of projects utilizing these common technologies. This blended course requires extensive internet use including accessing the D2L system and use of Adobe Connect.

357 - Digital Audio Workstations for Stage and Studio
Software - Ableton Live version 8.0 or later, Apple iTunes
Instructor: Christopher Guse
This online only course focuses on the use of Digital Audio Workstations as the main tool for creation and manipulation of sound content for live theatre, television, film and other entertainment technologies. Extensive internet use includes accessing the D2L system and use of Adobe Connect.

437 - Sound Design and Technology
Software - Ableton Live version 8.0 or later, Apple iTunes, Nemetschek Vectorworks version 2009 or later (free to students from Nemetschek), QLab 2.0 or later (free from figure53)
Instructor: Christopher Guse
The personal computer and digital audio software has become the artist’s premier tool for realizing supportive and evocative sound designs for stage plays. This course is centered around instruction in and the practical use of these common technologies. This blended course requires extensive internet use including accessing the D2L system and use of Adobe Connect.

699 - Independent Study
Software: As determined by study
R.H. Graham (Scenic and Lighting Design/Graphics), Christopher Guse (Sound Design and Production/Scenic Production) and Steve White (Lighting Design) offer potential independent studies each semester. The content of these studies is variable and designed by the student as mentored by another party and supervised (and/or mentored) by the instructor of record. Due to the nature of the specialties represented, computers and software are often required. See the individual instructors for specific information.

Note: Several courses within the K-12 Theatre Education Certification track require a laptop computer in the classroom component. Technology integration in this coursework is required by national accrediting agencies and organizations. Infusion of technology and integration of computer-mediated learning environments into all aspects of teacher education are requisite. Further, the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Public Instruction requires by statute that technology literacy be one of the core competencies for professional teacher licensure. See Robin Mello for further information. These courses are as follows: (all courses have identical software requirements):

448 - Theatre in the General Classroom
473 - Theatre in Elementary Education
474 - Theatre in Secondary Education
484 - Fieldwork in Theatre
485 - Teaching Fieldwork - Elementary
486 - Teaching Fieldwork - Secondary

Instructor: Robin Mello
Software: Adobe Creative Suite version 3 or later including Adobe Dreamweaver, Apple iWork 2009 or later or Microsoft Office (2004 or later for MacOS or 2007 or later for Windows) , Livetext Accreditation Management System (available throught UWM Bookstore)

Courses recommending the use of computers and specific software
Several other courses within the department do not require the use of computers and specific software but welcome and encourage their use in the classroom. Computer and software techniques are not directly taught in these courses, but are used in demonstration, lecture, resource gathering and research. Students who choose to utilize a computer and specific software may have an enhanced classroom experience. Students who do not choose to utilize a computer and specific software will not have a diminished experience. See the individual instructors for further information.

318 - Scene Design,
Instructor: R.H. Graham
Software: Nemetschek Vectorworks Designer version 2009 or later (free to students from Nemetschek)

338 - Lighting Production
Instructor: Steven White
Software: Nemetschek Vectorworks Designer version 2009 or later (free to students from Nemetschek)

418 - Lighting Design
Instructor: Steven White
Software: Nemetschek Vectorworks Designer version 2009 or later (free to students from Nemetschek), John McKernon’s Lightwright version 4 or later. (contact Mark Peterson for purchase information)

421 - Shop Management
Instructor: Christopher Guse
Software: Nemetschek Vectorworks Designer version 2009 or later (free to students from Nemetschek), Apple iWork 2009 or later or Microsoft Office (2004 or later for MacOS or 2007 or later for Windows)